Adenocarcinoma is a malignant tumor which grows from any mucosa in which the epithelium is cylindric and from glands and ducts having cylindric cells in their lining. It might truly be called cylindric cell cancer. It is the malignant counterpart of benign adenoma.
Adenocarcinoma is not common in the nasal cavity and the accessory sinuses. New1 found only 6 adenocarcinomas in a series of 91 primary tumors of the antrum. Fabricant2 reported only 1 case of adenocarcinoma in 23 cases of nasal tumor. Nash3 noted none in a smaller series, but Hill4 found 2 adenocarcinomas among 8 malignant tumors, both in the antrum.
Ringertz5 reported 10 cases of intranasal adenocarcinoma in a large series of cases of malignant tumors of this region from Radiumhemmet and Sabbatsberg's Hospital, Stockholm. In practically all the cases of adenocarcinoma reported in the United States, the antrum has been the site of the tumor. Ringertz,
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